It was about time for the two project leaders to meet with our soon-to-be PhD candidate and our local project participants in order to discuss the first field studies of COOPENOR and to get started for real!!
The project is all about collaboration, exchange of methods and knowledge, and comparison of very different geographical areas in terms of bivalve biology and their response to both environmental variables and pollutants.
This week Igor Bakhmet (Russian PI) came to Tromsø for 3 intense days where we talked through the plan for WP1, which is the baseline study, the reference data, the search of the best ecological and physiological knowledge of our mussels and scallops. We took the opportunity also to carry out our first “extended” and official sampling point for the “seasonal baseline study”.
During our “3hrs” discussion meeting Lisa Helgason, Jørgen Berge and Jasmine Nahrgang (Univ. of Tromsø), Marianne Frantzen (Akvaplan-niva), Katja Korshunova (PhD candidate) and Igor Bakhmet (IB Karelian Research Centre) spent 5 hours eating norwegian waffles, drinking coffee and discussing the way to do the best job.
We agreed on a quite extensive sampling plan, with field trips to collect both mussels and Icelandic scallops every 3rd week. Those animals will be measured, weighted, inspected and everything that is potentially collectable of knowledge and tissue will be collected, fixed or frozen or noted in our precious lab book!
Let´s the work get started!!